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Rojava people bid farewell 4 nationalist martyrs

ANHA - 2017-07-27 17:23
Hundreds of Dêrik and Girkê Legê people bade farewell the corpses of four nationalist martyrs in the ranks of People Protection Units (YPG) who martyred in the campaign of al-Raqqa liberation towards Başûr Kurdistan crossing Sêmalka border crossing. ...

Turkish Jets Strike PKK Positions in Northern Duhok

BAS News - 2017-07-27 16:20
ERBIL — The Turkish warplanes bombed on Thursday PKK’s positions in the villages around Shiladze district in Amedi city in northern Duhok province. Local sources told BasNews that the Turkish fighter jets carried out air raids against the Kurdistan Worke ...

UN Assistant Secretary-General Concludes Trip to Iraq

BAS News - 2017-07-27 15:06
BAGHDAD — Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Ursula Mueller, visited Iraq between 24 and 26 July, where she met with senior officials and ministers from the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan R ...

Masrour Barzani: 2017 a Year of Regeneration for Kurdistan Region

BAS News - 2017-07-27 13:10
ERBIL — Chancellor of the Kurdistan Region Security Council (KRSC) Masrour Barzani said 2017 is “a year of regeneration” for the Kurdistan Region.” Barzani wrote in an op-ed published by the Washington Times on July 26 that “This is a year of regeneratio ...

Story of Yezidi Child Survivors of the IS Hell - Part 3

BAS News - 2017-07-27 09:04
After crossing the Syrian borders into Iraq and seizing control of Mosul in north of the country, Islamic State, (also referred to as IS, ISIS, ISIL and Daesh), overrun Shingal — a town in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region also called Sinjar — where most of the po ...

KDP delegation visits Gorran in Sulaimani

KurdPress - 2017-07-27 08:33
A delegation from the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) visited the Change Movement (Gorran) in Sulaimani one day after the party elected its new leader. ...

Kurdish media mogul aims to establish own party

Aranews - 2017-07-27 01:42
ARA News Shaswar Qadir, the owner of Kurdistan’s NRT pro-opposition television network, said that he wants to establish a new political party in Iraqi Kurdistan. On November 1, 2017, parliamentary and presidential elections will take place in the Kurdist ...

Barzani Congratulates New Gorran Leader on His Election

Waar Media - 2017-07-26 18:48
WAAR-DUHOK: Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday congratulated Omar Sayid Ali for being elected as the General Coordinator of the Change Movement (Gorran). Barzani, also the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), congratulated Al ...

Kurdish businessman lobbies against Kurdistan independence referendum

Waar Media - 2017-07-26 18:48
WAAR-DUHOK: Shaswar Abdulwahid, a Kurdish businessman and the owner of a media conglomerate that includes NRT television channels, announced Tuesday that he will form a movement against the upcoming Kurdish independence referendum and that he will urge p ...

Kurdistan Will Become All-Encompassing Exemplary State: Turkmen Leader

BAS News - 2017-07-26 18:19
ERBIL— The leader of the Turkmen Shuruq Party Duraid Muwafaq Quryali stated that his party supports the referendum on independence of the Kurdistan Region. In an interview with BasNews on Wednesday, Quryali also indicated the stance of the Turkmen offici ...

Turkmen Leader: We Vote “Yes” to Kurdistan’s Independence

BAS News - 2017-07-26 17:18
ERBIL — Turkmens in Iraq are in favour of Kurdistan’s independence referendum and the opposition voices in Baghdad do not represent the ethnic community, said Duraid Quryali, deputy chairperson of Turkmen Shrough Party, in an exclusive interview with Bas ...

Gorran Open to Meet KDP, Address Disagreements

BAS News - 2017-07-26 16:01
SULAYMANIYAH — The Change Movement (Gorran) is ready to meet Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and discuss the differences in hope of finding a solution to the political deadlock, said an official. Member of Gorran’s Council, Shorish Haji, told BasNews th ...

International Observers to Oversee Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-26 14:13
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the Independent High Commission of Elections and Referendum have invited international observers to oversee the upcoming independence referendum in Kurdistan Region, an official said. The observers are two ...

Independence Better Formula for Erbil-Baghdad Relations: Senior Official

BAS News - 2017-07-26 12:30
Hemin Hawrami says an independent Kurdistan can deepen the Erbil-Baghdad relations ERBIL — Hemin Hawrami, senior assistant to the Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani said that the upcoming independence referendum “is not an opinion poll, but a bind ...

US Congressman Supports Kurdistan’s Independence Bid

BAS News - 2017-07-26 11:19
Congressman Trent Franks showed support for Kurds in their fight against terror on behalf of humanity ERBIL — A US Congressman expressed support for the Kurdistan Region’s September vote on secession from Iraq. In an interview with Kurdistan 24, Trent Fr ...

Iraqi Kurds must be allowed to hold referendum: Russian FM

KurdPress - 2017-07-26 10:27
The autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan region “must be” allowed to hold an independence referendum this year because they have the “right” to express their aspirations to break away from Iraq, declared Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview with K ...

Two mine remover were wounded in a mine explosion in Saqez

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-26 02:47
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association,today Monday, 24 July 2017,two of the personnel of the mine-clearing group were cleaned by protecting their identities during activities in the mine-infested mine abandoned site in the Sart ...

The suicide a man 62 years old from Saqez,east Kurdistan,

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-26 02:47
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, on Monday 24 July 2017, a man of about 62 years old from the city of Saghez, in eastern Kurdistan ,abbreviation name (A-T), attempted suicide by hanging, and lost his life. According to th ...

Suicide in Kamyaran city due to unspecified

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-26 02:47
In a report to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, on Sunday 23 July 2017, a man in Zivyeh dam drowned in city of Kamyaran. Behrouz Nadimi, 28, is a married from the city of Kamyaran in the east of Kurdistan, who, according to one of the informed sour ...

Imminent Execution of 4 Prisoners in Central Urmia Prison

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-26 02:47
In a report to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, on Tuesday 25 July 2017, 4 detainees to the solitary confinement cell in the Central Urmia Prison in eastern Kurdistan to execute the death sentence were transfered. According to the report, two of th ...

Continuation of arrests in northern Kurdistan by the Turkish government

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-26 02:47
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, today, 25 July, 2017, the Turkish police forces attacked the home of “Mousa Farisoghluolari in city of Amid in Northern Kurdistan he was arrested. The report quoted him as the joint head o ...

Prisoner Hanged on Drug Charges in Mianduab

Kurdistan Human Rights - 2017-07-26 02:00
The Iranian authorities has executed a prisoner on drug-related charges at Mianduab Prison on Sunday, July 23, 2017. He was taken to solitary confinement cells a day before his execution. In an interview with Kurdistan Human Rights Network, an informed s ...

No Shortage of Medicine Supplies: KRG

BAS News - 2017-07-25 23:18
ERBIL — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Health has fully overcome the medicine shortage it once suffered from, said an official. Ministry’s spokesperson Khalis Qader told BasNews all the hospitals and medical centres across the Kurdistan ...

Official Calls for Constructing a New Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-07-25 18:18
ERBIL— The local administration of the war-ravaged Kurdish town of Sinjar demands the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)'s support for constructing a new Sinjar," according to an official. In a statement to BasNews on Tuesday, Sinjar Mayor Mahma Khalil, ...

Kurds Deserve Independence: Ex- German VC, Fischer

BAS News - 2017-07-25 17:37
ERBIL— The former vice chancellor of Germany, Joschka Fischer, stated that through their struggle against the Islamic State (IS) extremists, Kurds proved they deserve independence as a nation. During an interview, Fischer also described Kurdistan as the ...

Barzani Congratulates New Gorran Leader on His Election

BAS News - 2017-07-25 17:14
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region President Masoud Barzani on Tuesday congratulated Omar Sayid Ali for being elected as the General Coordinator of the Change Movement (Gorran). Barzani, also the leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), congratulated Ali in ...

KIU Opposes Majority Ruling in Iraq: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-25 17:14
ERBIL— Kurdistan Islamic Union (KIU) is against the majority government in Iraq, said a KIU lawmaker in the Iraqi House of Representatives. Jamal Kochar made the comment in response to recent statements by Shi'ite leaders, above all Iraqi VP Nouri al-Mal ...

Pentagon Vows Continued Support for Peshmerga: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-25 16:10
ERBIL — US Department of Defence has ensured Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of its continued military support for the Peshmerga forces as they have been playing a critical role in the international anti-Islamic State (IS) efforts, said a Peshmerga o ...

IHERC to Operate in Kurdish Areas Outside KRG’s Rule for Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-25 16:10
IHERC will open offices in all the Kurdish areas outside KRG’s administration DUHOK — The Kurdistan Region's Independent High Electoral and Referendum Commission (IHERC) will open offices in all the Kurdish areas outside the Kurdistan Regional Government ...

PKK-Affiliate PJAK and Iran Enjoy Ceasefire Agreement: PAK Leader

BAS News - 2017-07-25 14:46
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK), Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) offshoot in the Iranian Kurdistan, is now enjoying a ceasefire with the Iranian government after an agreement made following a series of military clashes in the northwest of the ...

KRG Pays Contractors for Public Service Projects in Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-07-25 12:13
DUHOK — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has paid around 1 billion Iraqi dinars (equivalent to $800,000) to 69 contractors for public service projects in Sinjar, the Yezidi majority region in west of Mosul. Osman Yunis, deputy governor of Duhok provin ...

Part of PUK, Gorran Work to Postpone Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-25 11:03
ERBIL — Influential factions within the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and Change Movement (Gorran) are now working to delay the independence referendum which is set to be held on 25th September this year. Earlier on June 7th, Kurdistan Region President Ma ...

Trent Franks warns Kurds against Iranian and Turkish influence in region

Washington Times - 2017-07-25 10:57
Iranian and Turkish influence in northern Iraq could pose a threat to U.S. interests in the region and its relations with the Kurdistan Regional Government as Iraqi Kurds move forward with a controversial vote on independence in two months, a key House l ...

Kurdistan Region delegation to discuss referendum with Baghdad

KurdPress - 2017-07-25 08:19
Kurdistan Region’s High Committee of Referendum will convene this week to form delegations for talks with Baghdad and the regional countries over the forthcoming independence referendum of the autonomous region in the north of Iraq. ...

Kurdistan Youth Migration on Decline: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-24 20:28
ERBIL— The youth and people no longer migrate to Europe and abroad in large numbers, rather, those who migrated return home, said the director of migration in Kurdistan Ministry of Interior. Speaking to the official page of the Kurdistan Democratic Party ...

Turkmens Prefer Kurds to Shi'ite-Dominated Baghdad Govt : Leader

BAS News - 2017-07-24 17:30
He says the US will back the referendum if it's assured about granting rights to all components ERBIL— Turkmen parties in the Kurdistan Region have informed the US consular office in Erbil that the Turkmens in Kurdistan support the independence referendu ...

Peshmerga Commanders Call on Baghdad to Schedule Hawija Operation

BAS News - 2017-07-24 17:13
ERBIL — Commanders of Kurdistan Region Peshmerga forces call on Iraqi government to avoid further delaying the operation to liberate Hawija city in southern Kirkuk province from the Islamic State (IS). Sheikh Jaafar Mustafa, a senior commander of Peshmer ...

Preventing the business Income of Baha’i Citizens in Urmia

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-24 15:54
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, on Wednesday 19 July 2017, officers from the Public Housing Administration of Urmia from eastern Kurdistan more than 11 shops in the city, which were the location of the business of Baha’i ...

Execution of 2 prisoners at Parsilon Prison Khorramabad

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-24 15:54
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, on Saturday 22 July 2017, two prisoners with the identity of “Iraj Qobadi” from Kuhdasht and “Kavous Maleki” from Aligudarz in Parsilon Prison Khorramabad of east Kurdistan were executed. ...

Turkish Troops Killed, Injured in PKK Attack

BAS News - 2017-07-24 15:22
ERBIL — At least one Turkish soldier was killed and two others were injured during a Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attack on their military convoy in the country’s Kurdish-populated southeast. Siirt Governor Ali Fuat Atik told Anadolu Agency that the at ...

8th Kurdistan International Film Festival to Happen in August

BAS News - 2017-07-24 14:40
ERBIL — Kurdistan International Film Festival (KIFF) has prepared its 8th annual event to happen in August titled ‘Towards Referendum and Kurdistan’s Independence”. Shakhawan Mustafa, director of the festival, told BasNews that the event has been schedul ...

Kurdistan to Form Delegation to Discuss Referendum with Baghdad

BAS News - 2017-07-24 14:14
ERBIL — Kurdistan Region’s High Committee of Referendum will convene this week to form delegations for talks with Baghdad and the regional countries over the forthcoming independence referendum of Kurdistan. Wahida Yaqu Hormuz, a member of the referendum ...

Kirkuk Votes on Joining Kurdistan for Independence: Governor

BAS News - 2017-07-24 11:11
KIRKUK — Kirkuk Governor Najmaddin Karim has stated that allowing people to have their voice on their future is a legitimate right supported by international laws, reiterating that Kirkuk will be included in the upcoming referendum on Kurdistan’s indepen ...

Over 85% of Yezidis in Favor of Kurdistan’s Independence: Leader

BAS News - 2017-07-24 11:11
SINJAR — Kurdish Yezidis support the referendum and independence of Kurdistan Region, describing it as “a significant step towards connecting Sinjar city to Lalish temple.” Mir Dasin Faruq Bag, a leader of the Yezidi community, told BasNews that the Kurd ...

Kurdish Diaspora in Germany Demands EU Support Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-23 18:34
ERBIL— In a rally in support of the Kurdistan independence referendum, the Kurdish diaspora in Germany called on the EU Parliament not to stand in the way of Kurdistan for independence. The demonstrators, who came from Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria, stage ...

Prison sentence for Kurdish politician by German court

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-23 15:00
Following a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, the Hamburg High Court sentencing in Germany a two years and nine months jail for Kurdish politician from north of Kurdistan Zaki Eroglu issued. It should be noted that Zaki Eroglu was arrest ...

PKK Arrests More Than 40 Own Officials in Syria

BAS News - 2017-07-23 14:52
Most of them have been charged with corruption ERBIL — Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)'s offshoot in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), has arrested over 40 of its own leaders in the region. Sherzad Abbas, an official from the Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENK ...

Gorran may speak with KDP on independence: official

KurdPress - 2017-07-23 11:48
A Change Movement (Gorran) official said they were ready to hold talks with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on the question of referendum and reactivation of the parliament if the KDP was "serious" in thawing the ice and laying the groundwork for rec ...

Baghdad cannot prevent referendum in Kurdistan Region: Mahmoud Osman

KurdPress - 2017-07-23 08:02
A former Iraqi parliament deputy and Kurdish politician, Mahmoud Osman, stated over the plan of Kurdistan Region to hold a referendum of independence on September that the central Iraqi government in Baghdad will not be able to prevent the referendum. ...

Worsening condition lake Urmia from eastern Kurdistan

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-23 02:12
According to a report from the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, the Urmia Lake situation in eastern Kurdistan is compared to the same Compared to the month of July of the previous year 32% negative and this reflects the unfavorable conditions of the la ...

Parks in Memory of Martyrs of IS Battle to Be Build in Kurdistan

BAS News - 2017-07-22 19:47
ERBIL— In most towns and cities of the Kurdistan Region parks will be built up in memory of the martyrs who scarified their lives in the battle against the Islamic State (IS). Luqman Sherwani, the spokesperson for Kurdistan Board of Environment Protectio ...

Iran "Green with Envy" with Kurdistan's Development: HDK-Iran Official

BAS News - 2017-07-22 18:38
He says Iran regards the Kurdistan Region as "second Israel." ERBIL— The opposition of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Kurdistan Region's imminent independence referendum sources from their resentment towards the developments of Kurdistan, said the p ...

Stopping Flow of Rivers into Kurdistan Politically Motivated: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-22 16:42
He urges the KRG to take serious steps to settle the issue with Turkey and Iran ERBIL— The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) should settle the issues over the flow of rivers from Iran and Turkey by seeking the assistance of the international community ...

KRHCR to Assign Negotiating Delegations Next Week

BAS News - 2017-07-22 16:01
ERBIL— Kurdistan Region High Committee for Referendum (KRHCR) will meet next week to set up delegations over the independence referendum for talks with the Arab and foreign countries. Sadq Jabari, a member of the KRHCR, told BasNews on Saturday that the ...

Turkey-PKK Conflict Claims Almost 3,000 Lives in 2 Years: Report

BAS News - 2017-07-22 15:33
ERBIL — The armed conflict between Turkey and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) claimed around 3,000 lives over the past two years since the truce between the two sides broke on July 20, 2015, the International Crisis Group (ICG) reported on July 20. Crisis ...

Maliki’s Remarks Against Kurdistan to Cover His Failures: MP

BAS News - 2017-07-22 14:13
Maliki is trying to elude the charges as part of his electoral campaign ERBIL — A Kurdish member of the Iraqi parliament stated that the Iraqi former PM Nouri al-Maliki’s recent statements against Kurdistan Region and Peshmerga are an attempt to cover hi ...

KRG Drawing Roadmap to Fight Drug Addiction

BAS News - 2017-07-22 12:11
ERBIL — The number of drug addicts in the Kurdistan Region is said to be slightly rising whereas the rehabilitation centres in the region to treat patients are not competent. According to Kurdish officials, only 111 people are currently receiving treatme ...
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